What’s Changing with Google (and How It Affects You)

What’s Changing with Google

Trying to pin down Google’s algorithm is a little like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Why would you even try? It’s just going to fall off the nail anyway. If that’s how you feel, it’s understandable. It can be frustrating. You want your site to appear on the first page of Google’s search results. But, the algorithm isn’t public, and Google is notoriously close-mouthed about it. But guess what? You can’t stop trying. Ranking high on Google is a must for every local business. The businesses that appear…

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How to Choose the Right Social Media Platforms for Your Business

The social media landscape always seems to be changing. New sites don’t pop up every day, but our perception of them is always shifting. The same is true of the general public. You might feel like you need to maintain a presence on every social media site from Facebook to Instagram, but guess what? You don’t. Not by a long shot. In fact, it could be detrimental to your business to do that. Your target audience might be very active on Pinterest and Facebook and never give Twitter a second…

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Can Reviews Affect Your SEO Rankings?

You already know that local SEO is the name of the game. It’s essential to send Google signals – through keyword use and other SEO techniques – that your business is local, as well as it who it serves and where it is. What you might not know is this: Your online reviews play a direct role in your business making the cut to appear in the Google local three-pack. In case you don’t know, that’s the collection of businesses that appear at the top of Google’s SERP when someone…

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5 Ways to Drive More Customers with Content Marketing

5 Ways to Drive More Customers with Content Marketing

Online marketers talk about driving customers more than your average Uber driver – and who can blame them? Traffic is income, or at least it is if you do your job. If you can’t get people through the virtual door of your website, they won’t buy from you. It’s as simple as that. The trick, of course, is getting them there. Your competitors are lined up like a row of carnival barkers, each trying to out-yell the others. You’ve got to find a way to make your voice heard above…

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Your Facebook Marketing is Missing the Boat with Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z

Your Facebook Marketing is Missing the Boat with Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z

You might be a Facebook marketing whiz. You’ve got targeting down, you create compelling posts to share with your followers, and you can curate content like nobody’s business. But guess what? If you’re not tailoring your content to the generation of your audience, you’re missing the boat. Wondering why? It’s because members of Generation X, Millennials, and Gen Z use Facebook in different ways. There’s no one approach that will work for all of them. That means you’ve got to know your audience and then customize your approach to ensure…

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Is Your Website Optimization Getting the Job Done?

Is Your Website Optimization Getting the Job Done?

Your Google ranking is undeniably important. In fact, research shows that more than half of Google’s traffic goes to the top three ranked websites, and approximately three-quarters of the traffic goes to sites listed on the first page of search results. How do they get on that first page? Here’s the secret: Their sites are optimized to ensure that they get there. I’m sure you already known about Search Engine Optimization, but a lot of local businesses are, quite simply, not getting the job done. They’re focusing on outdated (read:…

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Boost Business with These 7 Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Boost Business with These 7 Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

A great artist may have vision and talent, but to bring a vision to life, the artist needs the right tools. That’s as true of painting as it is of marketing. And while a true artist should never blame tools for a job poorly done, the truth is that the wrong tools can have a negative impact on their work. Your social media tools aren’t getting the job done. You might think you have the latest and greatest – and maybe your social media game is on point. But that…

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10 Killer Local Marketing Ideas to Try

10 Killer Local Marketing Ideas to Try

Local marketing is a must, but if you’re like most local business owners, you’ve probably caught yourself thinking something like this: I feel like I’m doing everything I can – why is my local marketing not delivering the results I want? It’s a good question. After all, local marketing has a lot of moving parts. You’ve got to think about SEO, content marketing, social media and PPC ads – it’s a lot for anybody to handle. The real key to effective local marketing is knowing what ideas are worth pursuing…

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5 Irresistible Lead Magnet Ideas for Local Businesses

5 Irresistible Lead Magnet Ideas for Local Businesses

Everybody knows that if you place a magnet close enough to a metal object, the object will be drawn to the magnet without resistance. That’s basic science even though it might seem like magic. What if you could adapt the principle of magnetism to your business? The truth is, you can. Lead magnets are commonly used to attract leads. The problem that some local businesses have is that they’re not sure which type of lead magnet will prove to be irresistible to their target audience. One reason for the confusion…

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7 Things People Don’t Tell You About Social Media Marketing

7 Things People Don’t Tell You About Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing can seem deceptively simple to people who look at it from the outside. All you need is a great product or service and your audience will find you. Wouldn’t it be great if that were true? But sadly, it’s not. In fact, social media marketing is a real challenge for local businesses – and can prove tricky even to people who spend a lot of time and energy managing their social media accounts. The reason? There are some popular misconceptions about social media marketing and some secrets…

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